“And I’ll watch these events unfold” – ‘Lucy Worsley’ does just that as she narrates this eye-opener and extremely entertaining three-part miniseries while doing this in quite a unique way. She includes herself as part of the entire drama in different costumes and parts of King Henry VIII six wives’ lives in the royal castles, gardens, and places of importance or interest. You will find Lucy in the most remote parts of the castle’s bedchambers of the six Queens and hear their own stories told by them unlike what I thought I knew of them. I learned so much information that I had thought I knew, but I didn’t know too much about how these women felt about their roles as the Queen to Henry.
All six women struggled to survive life with a mercurial and frightening King in a very dangerous age during the sixteenth century. You will have a front row seat as Lucy takes you to, and through, the different accounts of each wife, pageantry in luscious costumes, and this makes history feel new all over again. Much of this information is based on personal and historical letters along with documents of which a precious few we all are able to see including the ‘seventeen’ personally handwritten love letters Henry wrote to Anne Boleyn. In three different episodes, we meet the Queens; Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. In this historical and ‘from the point of view of the women’ docudrama we find an interesting difference, Henry is not the main voice… the wives have their say as Lucy Worsley (English historian, author, curator, and our personal tour guide) shows us what it really meant to be a royal Queen in King Henry’s overcrowded Dynasty. This is great fun and quite entertaining too, a ‘don’t miss’ for any history buff or for anyone who has an interest in the Tudor King Henry VIII and I think it is about time to hear it said straight from these women: The Queens.